A new field study of two rival ant species has shown that ant queens will willingly mate with males from the opposing group in order to quite literally serve as "sperm parasites," stealing potential female births. The result is an unusual bedroom arms race between these ants, where they develop new strategies to use tricked males or to escape a rival queen's lustful clutches.
Tropical coral, the iconic face of coral life everywhere, fuse together with the help of calcareous algae that grow on the crust of the unusual animals' dead branches. However, not every species of coral colonizes in this manner. A new study on cold-water corals has found that even unrelated species can fuse in a unique process that does not require the help of a third party, making for some beautiful combinations of shape and color.
It's very unlikely that you will hear someone say "that guy is so plump! I bet he's a great swimmer." However, according to researchers from the NOAA, that's exactly what we should be saying for sea turtles.
A team of experts believe they have found strong evidence indicating where intrepid aviator Amelia Earhart spent her final days after getting lost in the vast Pacific Ocean.
It's long been known that milk is good for you. An excellent source of calcium and a host of essential nutrients, drinking milk is associated with stronger bones and a healthier body. However, new research implies that drinking too much "cow juice" could lead to some serious consequences.
It's alive! Resurrecting a pair of viruses from 700-year-old caribou feces may not sound like the best idea in the world, but that's exactly what a team of scientists did, according to a new study.
Everyone tends to get a strange idea in their head from time to time, wondering about the oddest of things. That's likely what happened when a pair of researchers from Simon Fraser University (SFU) found themselves wondering how long it takes for a human body to decompose in the ocean. However, these wonderers had the means to find out, so they did.
Think you've racked up an impressive number of frequent flier miles? Are you the kind of person to travel at a moment's notice? Sorry, but you've got nothing on the banded stilt. A new study has observed how this remarkable desert-dwelling bird will travel well over a thousand miles at the drop of a hat just to chow down on some incredibly unpredictable prey.
Imagine once healthy farmland rich with the signs of life reduced to a barren wasteland. Even as you walk across it, a strange white crust crunches under your feet, reminding you of the root of the problem: salt. A team of international experts has now found that salt poisoning costs the world an additional 2,000 hectares of agricultural soil every day, and while some of this is natural, a large part can be blamed on irrigation.
The same time every year, some people across the globe suddenly find themselves severely depressed. This is called seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and it has left professionals scratching their heads for years. Now a team of researchers have discovered that SAD could be caused by increased levels of the serotonin transporter protein.
It may sound inconsequential, but sand and fine sediment from activates like sea-floor dredging and natural flood plumes can have a destructive impact on aquatic life. Now researchers are saying that silty deposits can even have a stunning impact on fish, extending the time required for the development of their larvae.
A new study has found that if older adults drink a small amount of alcohol on a regular basis, they may actually enhance their ability to recall memories. This may be an effective preventative measure in the fight against memory loss - an expected consequence of aging.
Are you willing to chow down on some poison just to get the girl? No? Then you're probably not a great bustard, a particularly large Eurasian bird that purposely eats poisonous beetles to prove to prospective mates how tough and healthy it is.
Apparently reptiles have an ultimatum in life. Live hard and die young, or live long and healthy lives by abstaining from sex and meat.
An earthquake can be a pretty awe-inspiring natural event - a testament to the sheer power and size of shifting landmass. But what about seismic activity on a star? NASA's Fermi satellite recently spotted evidence of seismic waves rippling throughout a high-energy neutron star, resulting in an intense "storm" of high-energy blasts.